Microsoft’s new Surface 3 tablet means that Windows RT is officially dead, as it runs full Windows 8.1, instead of the endangered system that Microsoft gave up on earlier this year.
Microsoft had announced earlier this year that is was done with Windows RT. The OS, which was a shell of the total Windows product, was poorly received by consumers and widely turned into a joke by those who followed the company closely. While the OS had some perks, the company was convinced that it could make money, and it would work out well with the RT in the long run. They invested heavily in the branding and the selling of Windows RT-based devices, and now, they are officially dead.
Originally introduced in 2012 – they used ARM architecture that made them ideal for gaming, but not a viable choice for enterprise customers – which are a big part of the overall Windows user base. That being said, the new Microsoft Surface 3 tablet is a game changer for the Windows brand as a whole. It ditches the failed RT concept, and officially means consumers won’t ever have to hear about RT again – unless they’re reading articles like this – pronouncing its death.
It runs full Windows 8.1 and will obviously be compatible with Windows 10 when it releases later this year. As the company pointed out, this device is the thinnest and lightest to ever be produced and shipped by the company, so this will really prove valuable heading into the bulk of the New Year. That being said though, there are some opportunities, but none that are worth passing on this tablet – if a customer is looking for a highly functioning tablet.
An Intel Atom CPU drives the device, and that is comparable to what a lot of the new Chromebooks are shipping with – which means that it will be well powered compared to its competition. It’ll also feature pressure sensitive pen input – which will be a nice addition for the enterprise user. It’s 10.8-inches large, which puts it right in the middle of the pack as far as tablets are concerned, and also leaves enough room to be considered almost “laptop” size – if one is looking to get more laptop versatility out of it.
This is an impressive device from head to toe. However, it marks the extinction of one of the worst products Microsoft ever put out, and that is saying something given how much of a failure Windows 8 was in and of itself. The company is moving forward – and will finally have the opportunity to take on the rest of the enterprise market with the launch of the new Surface 3.